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St. Marys Students Hold Winter Olympics

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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UPDATE: 2/21/14 10:30 AM

In honor of Sochi, St. Marys Elementary School held its own Winter Olympics – focusing on world culture, history, spirit of competition, good will and sportsmanship.

"It was reported to me many times that children cried when the event was unable to be held,” says Principal Debbie Hisam. “But they are thrilled to be here today and they've come with all their glory."

Each class had lessons about the culture of the country they represented.

"In their gym classes they've been participating in some modified Olympic events like luge and bobsled and hockey, and even curling, which seems to be everybody's little favorite event... figure skating. So it's a lot of activities, teaching them about cooperation,” says third grade teacher Dianna Lewis.

Third-grader Luke Powell says he had a great time doing the luge and learning about China.

"About like the Great Wall of China and their forbidden city and the Terracotta Warriors; they were really cool. And we like did a virtual tour,” Powell says.

They had Olympic fanfare over the intercom, lit the caldron and did a torch run from classroom to classroom.

"The children also took the Olympic oath; third-graders sang "What a Wonderful World," which was inspiring and then we had the symbolic release of the doves - which for us were white helium balloons released in the cafeteria, the gong was struck and 'Let the Games Begin,” Hisam says.

What better way to spend the day and get in the Olympic spirit.

"It's just fun and you get to hang out with your friends,” Powell says.

Hisam says the best thing was how excited the kids were for the event and the community support was there, with 40 volunteers, including students from St. Mary's High School.
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World culture, history, spirit of competition, good will and sportsmanship.

St. Marys Elementary School staged their own Winter Olympics in honor of Sochi.

Principal Debbie Hisam says 18 nations were represented at the school and starting Thursday morning, they had Olympic fanfare over the intercom, lit the caldron and did a torch run from classroom to classroom.

The children also took the Olympic oath, third graders sang an inspiring version of "What A Wonderful World" and there was the symbolic releasing of doves - in this case white helium balloons in the cafeteria.

"This is our third rescheduling of the event because of the multitude of snow days that we've had and it was reported to me many times that children cried when the event was unable to be held," Hisam says. "But they are thrilled to be here today and they've come with all their glory."

She says the best thing is how excited the kids were.

And the community support: 40 volunteers, including students from St. Marys High School came to help out.

Everyone was in the Olympic spirit.


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